JIS News

The Annotto Bay Health and Environment Association (ABHEA), winner of the Best Community Competition for St. Mary, will be assisting a number of entities in the parish to improve the services they provide in their communities.

Letters of commitment were presented to the five entities at a special presentation at the St. Theresa  Roman Catholic Church in Annotto Bay on Monday, February 28. The letters guarantee the provision of $200,000 to undertake various initiatives.

The commitment involves the provision of $50,000 to the Senior Basic School in Annotto Bay, the Annotto Bay Police Youth Club and the Iterboreale Basic School, respectively. It also includes a contribution of $25,000 to the St. James Basic School and the St. Theresa Basic School in Annotto Bay, respectively.

In the case of the Senior Basic School and the Iterboreale Basic School, the money will be used for repairs to the roofs of the buildings and purchasing of a television and a DVD player, while that for the Annotto Bay Police Youth Club will be used for programmes consistent with the goals and objectives of the club.

The funds for the St. Theresa and St. James basic schools will be used to procure a water storage tank, and the erection of a playfield, respectively.

These commitments will be honoured from the prize money awarded to the Annotto Bay Health and Environment Association for winning the 2010 Best community competition for St. Mary.

Giving the main address, Chairperson of the National Best Community Competition and Programmes, Jacqueline DaCosta, commended the Annotto Bay Health and Environment Association for participating in the competition, and congratulated them on the spirit of community development they promote.

She said the programmes and activities they embrace were in keeping with the objectives of the National Best Community Competition and Programme. The ultimate aim of the initiative was to encourage residents to become involved in local governance, by forming partnerships and becoming more self-reliant and more engaged in self help activities, she added.

                                                     

CONTACT:  ASTON G. BAILEY

JIS REGIONAL OFFICE

PORT ANTONIO